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Unseeded Cam Norrie makes it through to the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open after opponent David Goffin retired injured; the British No 2 will take on 11-time winner of the event Rafael Nadal on Friday

Last Updated: 22/04/21 6:43pm

Cam Norrie made it through to a meeting with Rafael Nadal on the Barcelona clay

Cam Norrie made it through to a meeting with Rafael Nadal on the Barcelona clay

Britain’s Cam Norrie made it through to a date with 11-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal after opponent David Goffin retired injured.

The Belgian eighth seed received lengthy treatment for an apparent problem with his right leg/hip after seven games of the second set and, despite winning the next game, decided to call it a day trailing 6-0 3-5.

Norrie had been dominant in the opening set and, although it was not the way he would have wanted to progress, it counts as a seventh victory over a top-20 player in his career, three of which have come this season.

Nadal came through in three sets against Kei Nishikori

Nadal came through in three sets against Kei Nishikori

The result could be enough to take the 25-year-old back into the top 50, while it also earned him a second meeting with world No 3 Nadal, who overcame Kei Nishikori 6-0 2-6 6-2 in two hours and 19 minutes.

“I think I played much better than yesterday; that’s a very important thing for me,” Nadal said on court. “The level of positive energy [was] higher, so [I’m] very satisfied.”

World No 58 Norrie has faced Nadal just once, losing in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open in straight sets.

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